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Abstract: How do you plant a church in Fairbanks, Alaska, given the reality of the broken lives of its residents? In this thesis-project, we begin with the biblical definition of church and its practice through the model of Koinonia Cross (KC), which is built of intimate, Christ-centered relationships. The inputs from literature and the results of a survey among the University of Alaska Fairbanks students have been considered. In conclusion, KC relationship, which is an intimate relationship...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church planting
Abstract: Gentrification transforms the inner-city community housing from a typical single style older bungalow house community to a multilevel housing and affluent community. The millennials began to replace the long term older community residents. Community services become readily available, businesses such as major chained food stores move in, bike trails/lanes appear, and dog parks become a norm. The overall quality of the community improves substantially. Gentrification, however, is a...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, gentrification, community church, immigrants
Abstract: Homiletics Workshop for Romanian Lay Ministers Preaching in National and International Mission-Context was written as a resource for training lay and ordained preachers in Romania to advance the Gospel of Christ through powerful, clear and efficient preaching. In the process of writing this thesis the author was challenged to select the best resources that will serve the needs of the Romanian preachers. The author conducted interviews in Romania. He also used electronic means to...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, homiletics, teaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  A Redemptive Leadership Model has elements that can enhance leadership growth beyond competencies to a redemptive culture that will unleash organizational effectiveness and growth within Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. This research will examine how the Redemptive Leadership Model can enhance the preparation of leaders for organizational development and effectiveness. Africa New Life Ministries' leaders are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Africa New Life Ministries Rwanda, Christian leadership Africa Rwanda,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis explores the process of institutionalization of evangelical ministries. As a ministry grows it must inevitably develop formal procedures and policies to guide it’s operations. In this sense, institutionalization is not necessarily a negative thing. On the other hand, institutionalization can have a dark side if the original spiritual integrity and organic vitality that gave life to the organization...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Teen Challenge New England, Church work with youth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Churches that reproduce themselves fulfill God's mission to see the kingdom of God extend to all peoples through the propagation of the gospel. The multiplication of the local church is initiated in the heart of God. Historical movements that have emphasized the multiplication of new churches have led to the emergence of a twenty-first century approach to church planting. Significant ingredients of churches that...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church development New, Small churches Case study
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This thesis explores the theological and theoretical rationale behind expository story sermons. This study is important because we live in a story-culture. Wise preachers know their audience. Those who want to effectively communicate the word of God to the people who are immersed in this story-culture should be able to preach a story sermon. The result of this study is a manual in chapter five on how to prepare...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Narrative preaching
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project addresses how to prepare and preach the miracle stories of the Gospels. The end product of this project is a manual that can be used by Seminary students, by pastors wishing to enhance their preaching proficiency, and by teachers of homiletics who want to teach the skills needed to prepare relevant miracle stories sermon, especially in Chinese-Indonesian context. The second section of this thesisproject addresses the theological framework of miracle stories of the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, miracles stories, Chinese Indonesian
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Il est un fait indéniable que le pasteur a son rôle à jouer dans une politique de santé mentale de chrétiens évangéliques déprimés en Haïti. Notre hypothèse est que le pasteur est le principal responsable qui fait la prise en charge de ses fidèles déprimés en les aidant par tous les moyens appropriés à prendre conscience de leur situation pour mener une vie normale qui édifie les autres et...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Depression Mental Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Haiti
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ABSTRACT  Developing strong recovery ministry leadership within a church setting is important to overall church health. Based on Biblical leadership and two recovery ministries, the need for a solid foundation for developing recovery leaders is clear. By comparing and contrasting these different views, a way of maturing, equipping, and even restoring church leaders begins to emerge. An analysis of data from interviews and surveys of leaders in Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery shows...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  'This thesis project sets out to correct what the writer believes is a shortcoming of the Christian faith. Christians are unable to identify the central message of Jesus - the Kingdom of God. To rectify this problem the thesis project sets out to preach a series of sermons from the parables to inform and transform postmodern audiences about the Kingdom of God. The parables of Jesus are studied to further...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Jesus Christ Parables Homiletical use, Jesus Christ, Preaching Parables,...
Abstract: Solution-focused therapy is a counseling method frequently used by professional therapists assigned to the military. The strengths based, brief, and flexible nature of solutionfocused therapy can easily be integrated into a Christian worldview and adapted for use by Military Chaplains. The military presents unique challenges to couples; long periods of separations, deployments, and frequent moves. Some couples experience marital strain when they reunite after a deployment. This is...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, counseling, marital counselling
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project addresses the problem of Bible translations that appear wooden as a result of following a source language text too closely. It examines what effect a discourse training workshop focusing on receptor language structures had on both the personnel and the revisions to selected scripture texts in three translation projects in Liberia, West Africa. The project design is described, and various discourse...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Lutheran Bible Translators, Bible Society in Liberia, Bible Translating Study...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Church leaders have asserted that there is a lack of discipleship in the church. What is this widely used word ‘discipleship?’ How does it differ from disciple making? What does Scripture teach us? What can history teach us? What may we learn from Jesus and His disciples? Why did disciple making exist so sacrificially, and then appear to fade? Why is it largely missing today and what can be done to correct the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Addresses a growing workplace problem--employees working under bad bosses. Using the David-Saul relationship, a young leader responding to his volatile boss, the thesis explores biblical principles and applications. Academically, the thesis discusses a theological framework about working under bad bosses and reviews pertinent literature. Practically, its methodology develops a small group study with participant...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Personnel management, Employee motivation, Conflict management
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  As an explorative study examining the leadership development process of urban church planters identified most vital ongoing training needs in novice urban church planters. The development of a biblical framework of evangelistic leadership led to the creation of an integrated model comprising four critical components of fostering evangelistic leadership capacity. This framework was critical for the categorization...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church development, New Study and teaching, City churches Handbooks, manuals,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This historical case study explores leadership in the Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) during the 1974-1991 Ethiopian Revolution using Robert Quinn's concept of the "Fundamental State of Leadership" as a research lens. Based on interviews and other first-person accounts, analysis indicated that persecution forced MKC leaders to clarify the priority of their devotion to Jesus and engagement in his misison....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Meserete Kristos Church (Ethiopia), Persecution Ethiopia History 20th century,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis sought to discover the beginnings, organization, development, and growth ofthe Church ofGod ofProphecy in South Carolina, and to identify key people, places, and events that were pivotal in this Pentecostal denomination's significant genealogy. The author used extensive archival research, review of existing literature, and interviews ofeyewitnesses and participants to compile pertinent data. The research...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophesy South Carolina History, Pentecostalism United States...
Abstract: This thesis considers the importance of biblical metaphors in pastoral ministry. After demonstrating the importance and value of metaphors, it presents the father metaphor as a valuable addition to current metaphorical language in use. Due to widespread difficulties with pastoral identity and cultural confusion about the role of biological fathers, this thesis sets forth a rediscovery of the term “father” which can be applied to pastoral ministry in the twenty-first century. By...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, pastoral ministry
ABSTRACT  This study aims to develop a discipleship relationship with the congregations at the STCOG to stimulate spiritual growth that could help them share the gospel of Christ with others. The survey’s results completed by the congregants, literature reviews, historical viewpoints, scriptural interpretations, and personal perspectives will conclude the research thesis’s findings and recommendations.
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, discipleship
Abstract: This thesis-project focuses on a handful of the classic spiritual disciplines (prayer, the Scripture disciplines, fasting, solitude, silence, worship, thanksgiving), and how the proclamation and commendation of these disciplines through a six-week sermon series have helped to bring greater spiritual maturity and vitality to a congregation going through a time of malaise. I examine the role of the spiritual disciplines as they specifically relate to the doctrine of sanctification, and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual disciplines, growth and maturity
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
ABSTRACT  This research project was conducted to train young fathers and soon-to-be fathers to use the Lord’s Prayer as a tool for their own spiritual formation in preparing to help in the process of their children’s spiritual formation.
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spirituality
ABSTRACT  This thesis-project will address the need to find a solution to the identity crisis in the lives of young adult missionaries in Myanmar. The hypothesis is that a series of missionaryoriented seminars which explore the nature of human identity in creation and Christ will facilitate greater awareness and healing of this identity confusion among believers. The Identity Crisis Seminar, conducted with twenty-four participants from MAME ministry in Yangon, Myanmar, supported the hypothesis...
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Abstract: This thesis is designed to encourage pastors committed to a dispensational hermeneutic to preach Christ-centered Old Testament sermons. The research centers on a segment of dispensationalists who attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. After establishing the absence of and need for Christ-centered preaching within dispensationalism, this thesis offers a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, biblical and theological rationale for this approach, a review of pertinent literature, and...
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Abstract: As of 2018, I have spent the last nineteen years serving as pastor in the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP); I have been a member since 1983 and have served in various other capacities in the church. My years of service and experience have given me a vantage point to observe many of the challenges and opportunities facing the denomination. However, as my knowledge and experience increase, I sense a greater need, not only to see and talk but also to act. One of the areas of challenge I...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, leadership, church ethos
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Family worship is a heritage. It is a wonderful gift that God has given to parents. The principle of family worship is not in how much we teach or how well we discuss about the Bible. Instead, it is how much we experience God by worshipping Him together as a family. Therefore, it does not need professionalism but it needs parenthood. Through family worship, it is expected to see that families will grow in their...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Korean American families Religious life
ABSTRACT: Considering the steady moral decline in late modern America the need for a Bible based, thorough, and systematic approach to parenting has become of paramount importance. With this need in mind the Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent was developed to address the moral vacuum caused by the lack of a comprehensive character driven approach to parenting. This writers observations were gleaned from personal experience, interaction with parents through counseling, teaching...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, character development, methodology, Children, parenting, training
ABSTRACT: The recent rise in interest in spiritual formation and the spiritual disciplines seems to indicate that there is a growing awareness of the need to attend to the spiritual lives of Christians especially those who have been believers for some time. Studies show that many believers consider themselves to be stalled in their spiritual growth and they often view prayer as a duty rather than a delight. The purpose of this thesis-project is to explore the question of whether or not prayer...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spiritual formation, lectio divina, prayers
ABSTRACT: Ministers for the three largest nondenominational college ministries (IV, Campus Crusade for Christ and The Navigators) are usually recent college graduates who lack seminary and preaching training and yet are often asked to preach at student gatherings. The students listening are the future leaders of America and other countries of the world. This thesis project develops a “preaching workshop” for the new college ministers to give them confidence and skills to preach Biblically...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, Campus crusade, Navigators
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill. The crisis in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria has been described as "Ethno-Religious." This study has revealed that the present crises are rooted in the interpretation of perceptions of history. A critical survey of how violence has been handled historically in the life of the church is covered. Whatever position the church takes...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Ethnic conflict Nigeria Religious aspects, Ethnic conflict Religious aspects,...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  I began by creating a manual of questions that focused the attention of a select group of Honduran Baptist pastors on what would need to be done to create an indigenous sending agency for Honduran Baptists. An effort was made to avoid asking the questions in ways that would lead to the development of a sending agency that did not fit the context of Honduras Baptist mission efforts. If Honduran Baptists are to...
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Abstract: This thesis examines the issues involved in preaching sermons that are both theocentric (God-centered) and relevant. This model is based on theological convictions on the relevance of theology, the nature of God and Scripture, and on human participation in the divine theo-drama. This thesis outlines the hermeneutical issues related to theocentric interpretation. It also presents a model for sermon development, based on Haddon Robinson's book Biblical Preaching, which focuses on issues...
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Abstract: The author, a pastor of a Chinese-based, multi-ethnic English-speaking congregation in New England, explored the problem of churches surviving on transfer growth rather than thriving on conversion growth. He asked the question: How do such churches in New England become evangelistically effective? The author proposed a training process that addressed the seven factors (theological, spiritual, informational, emotional, tactical, logistical, and experiential) that hinder the witness of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, evangelism
ABSTRACT This thesis-project will explore the importance, along with the contribution made, of an Open System of communication, relationship, and function to the redemptive culture of an organization. For purposes of this project, the organization to be examined will be the extension site of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) in Jacksonville, FL (GCTS/Jax). The thesis under girding and guiding this research project is that an Open System is an essential component of a redemptive...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, Open system communication, Development, organizational culture
ABSTRACT The purpose of this thesis is to identify the lessons learned in a lengthy pastorate in a small, rural, independent church regarding the equipping of leaders. It provides a working church-based model for equipping leaders that is informed by consideration of key theological issues, other contributions in the literature, and experience from a recent project of implementation of church-based equipping. Because most tools are produced with larger, urban/suburban, and connected churches in...
Topics: Gordon Conwell DMin thesis, pastoral leadership, suburban setting, implementation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project argues that spiritual practices that integrate beauty and aesthetics are beneficial for spiritual formation in the life of a Protestant evangelical congregation. This study will show the historical precedent for, the theological framework for, and practical examples of integrating beauty and aesthetics into practices related to the spiritual formation of Protestant evangelical congregations....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Aesthetics Religious aspects, Art and religion, Spiritual formation Art,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Adult children of alcoholics (ACOA) who become pastors share five traits which affect their leadership positively and negatively: conflict avoidance, people pleasing, protectionism, empathy, and sensitivity. Focuses on the importance of the inner emotional and spiritual life of the pastor. Points out the dangers of viewing Scripture through the eyes of an ACOA. Uses interviews and inventories/scales.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Pastoral psychology, Alcoholics Family relationships, Adult children of...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The Research is motivated by the unprecedented influence of cultural backgrounds of the Traditional Tribal Religions and the Islamic Religion on the Nigerian Christian Families. The Church and many Christian Homes, which may include elders and Pastors Homes, are rather obedient to the rules and regulations that come from the culturally learned style of family life than the absolute word of God that guides the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage customs and rites Nigeria, Church work with married people Nigeria,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the life and leadership of Matta El- Meskeen, or Matthew the Poor, a Coptic monk and spiritual father who led St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natrun, Egypt through a period of significant revival. His leadership and scholarship resulted in significant renewal and growth within the Coptic Orthodox Church and the many monastic communities in Egypt. The life of Matta El-...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mattá al-Miskīn 1919-2006, Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism Assemblies of...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The "Harvesting the Power of the Holy Spirit through Transforming Rap and Hip-Hop" Initiative establishes and identifies the negative effects of Rap and Hip-Hop on youth and young adults while seeking a wise and practical way of downplaying the secular influence in the community. The initiative's approach is biblically based on the theology, and then this initiative would be useful in not only attracting...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Holy Temple Church Roxbury (Boston Massachusetts), Church work with youth, Rap...
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Abstract This work is concerned with problem of a comprised, self-conscious identity among the North American Church today that exists because consumerism dominates culture. It traces the history of the development of advanced consumer capitalism, from the early days of the industrial revolution until the present. The work then turns to analyzing some key features of consumerist culture, with special attention given to the loss of certainty, individualism, choice and consumption, and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, consumerism, Christian identity
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This research explores the development of six individuals from conversion to fruitful maturity. It was done within the context of a suburban church in Chesapeake, Virginia. The pilot process utilized for the study was developed for use in that church through anecdotal data and the personal experience of the writer. All six of the participants were interviewed and observed by the researcher over a two-year period....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Western Branch Community Church (Chesapeake VA), Spiritual formation
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ABSTRACT: This thesis-project will endeavor to develop a strategy to assist high school students in making decisions about their future jobs and careers in such a manner that those decisions reflect their devotion to Jesus Christ. In reality, a much greater issue is being addressed. Beneath this specific issue of future career decision-making lies the greater call of living every aspect of their lives through the grid of God’s Word and for his glory. Being assessed is: To what extent do high...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, morality, young adults
ABSTRACT  This thesis-project is intended to develop a pastoral theology of suffering based on The Gospel of John. Deeper intimacy with Christ is possible, despite the common reaction in painful circumstances to pull away from God. Prayer and communion with God within our soul and interior life develops as we are seen as the beloved of Christ and view ourselves in that light. The contents include a survey, literature review, theological framework, and seminar series for further engagement with...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spirituality, renewal
Manual, lecturas, conferencias y guias de oracion para desarrollorar un buen carácter y una cultura de integridad
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   This thesis-project seeks to answer the question of “How can we help students form their own faith by identifying spiritual markers in their spiritual journeys and help them to understand their testimony as an ongoing work of God in their lives?” This research study was done through creating a two-leveled discipleship and research approach to help students grow in their own understanding of their stories of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Spiritual formation Youth, Faith development Youth
Abstract: Young people in urban communities are lost, hurting and dying, and the urban church is at a critical juncture at this moment in time. The critical question is: Will the church stand at the sidelines and watch helplessly as we lose our children, or will she take a bold step towards change and become vigilant and proactive in implementing strategies for reaching young people for Christ before it is too late? Not all urban churches are just standing by, but as this paper will present,...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, youth training, equipping
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis will explore elder leadership in the Presbyterian Church. The study consists of a preliminary study looking at how many pastors have a training program for elders before they are ordained. Then the Bible will be explored, and the history, roles, expectations, and requirements of biblical elders are examined. The current literature on elder training is studied with heavy emphasis on denominational...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Government, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Elders...
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Abstract: This thesis project seeks to address unique complications that accompany a youth ministry within rural congregations. Churches in this ministry context may not have access to the same amount of resources as their larger counterparts, but this does not mean that they do not have a youth ministry or that they are less successful in discipling adolescents. Through the study of biblical principles and examining ministry structures and praxes, rural congregations may better develop an...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, youth ministries
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Church planting is a difficult task, especially if conducted in a country that is hostile towards issues of a different faith. The majority of the population in Chad are Muslims, making the process of Church almost impossible. Nonetheless, this paper has utilized the available information on church planting and its constituent parts, considered the particular situation in Chad, and studied the theoretical background...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Assemblies of God, Church development New Chad Assemblies of God, Church...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project is designed to consider how canonical apocalyptic literature provides a meta-narrative for postmodern culture. The literature in the fields of postmodern philosophy, hermeneutics, non canonical apocalyptic literature, canonical apocalyptic literature, and homiletics is vast. This project addresses the intersection of those disciplines. Postmodernism has created problems that canonical apocalyptic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Bible as literature, Postmodernism, Apocalyptic literature
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project is designed to determine how ministers can address within their sermons civil and political issues while remaining biblical and ethical in their delivery. Because of the tension that exists between religion and government preachers find it necessary to comment on political issues which affect their congregants. These issues can include things like the actions of a local school board, the enactment of federal laws and, world and international events. This thesis...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, biblical preaching, politics
ABSTRACT: This paper presents an African Model for reproducing Malagasy Christian leaders in the context of evangelism, discipleship and leadership development. It is in the African cycle of life that a connection is developed between the key components (relationships, instructions, covenants, traditions and interventions) in the traditional rites of passage (birth, initiation, marriage, eldership, and death/burial) and a methodology of reproducing Christian leaders. Using biblical evidence as...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, evangelism, rites of passage, methodology, discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to shed light on the origin and practice of interim ministry with a specific focus on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The concepts of change, transition, and transformation are explored from the perspectives of Old and New Testaments, business models and the current practice of interim ministry with its stages and tasks. The survey which was administered as part of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Clergy, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this thesis has been to recreate the author’s intended pathos from Old Testament narratives by exegeting and embodying pathos. It provides the rationale for why pathos should be included as a part of the biblical author’s intent. Its content describes all that goes into the process: understanding of pathos in rhetoric, exegeting pathos from Old Testament narrative, and embodying pathos in...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching
ABSTRACT: This work set out to analyze the relationship between physical exercise and the spiritual life of clergy. The goal of this thesis project was to explore the impact of the personal discipline of physical activity as a necessity in being a good steward of the body while being faithful to fulfill one’s pastoral call. The problem is that clergy, in a sedentary occupation, can become physically unhealthy by engaging in meaningful ministry but neglecting to take care of themselves as they...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, spirituality, clergy, discipleship
ABSTRACT  Congregations that have inherited a traditional Reformation and Church Growth ministry culture are finding that calibrating themselves for mission in the West is an increasingly challenging task. This thesis-project contends that pastors who lead mainline-heritage churches must become competent in two areas of ministry beyond the traditional duties of preaching, teaching, pastoral care and program administration. They must become proficient disciple makers and adaptive transformation...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, church growth, leadership
ABSTRACT  This thesis contends that the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is in crisis. This thesis further contends that because God is faithful and his Word works today as in the past, revival in the WELS is possible. The solution to spiritual lethargy has not changed from biblical times, nor will it ever change. WELS leaders, pastors, and members must get into the Scriptures, repent, and pray. WELS leaders, pastors, and members must pray that God pour out the Holy Spirit on the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, confessional Lutheranism
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work is a systemic and analytical study on how the urban church nurtures a Living System Ministry and Mission with survivors of homicide victims. It examines the Church's theology of violence, peace, spirituality, and context, in relationship to survivors of homicide victims as suffering members of God's living systems. Exploring lessons learned from the field of Public Health, it emphasizes the usefulness of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Urban violence Religious aspects, City churches, City clergy, Homicide...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The goal of this thesis-project is to provide a deeper understanding of the pastoral counseling challenges faced by rural ministers and to create a resource to aid them in addressing those challenges. This thesis begins by defining rural and painting a picture of the current state of rural America. This is followed up by a survey of rural pastors focusing on the issues and struggles they encounter in the course of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Rural churches United States, Pastoral counseling United States Rural churches,...
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Abstract: The author provides a training model that takes lay members of a local congregation through three seminars that will provide basic theory and practical training in biblical communication. Specifically the goal is to help the participants increase their effectiveness in expository preaching and teaching. The three core areas of the seminars are: (1) Discover the idea – Learn how to identify the ―Big Idea‖ of a biblical passage; (2) Develop the idea – Learn how to logically...
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Abstract Spiritual direction—the historic practice of one person attending another in his or her life of faith—is experiencing a resurgence of popularity in the contemporary North American Church. With it comes the need for further training programs that have theological and methodological integrity. In response to this need, through the ministry organization Leadership Transformations I developed Selah, a certificate program in spiritual direction. Selah is intentionally Trinitarian and...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin Thesis, Spiritual Direction, transformation, spiritual theology
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project explores the relationship between prayer and spiritual formation. Thirty Christians participated in a Prayer Center meeting, involving solitary prayer, meditation, collective prayer, and bible study. Participants were administered questionnaires before and after the meeting in order to assess the impact of the prayer experience on different facets of spiritual formation. Ten participants were...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prayer Study and teaching, Church work Prayers and devotions, Spiritual...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: For years the Church of God of Prophecy in the Bahamas served as a lighthouse, leading many sinners to Christ and assisting many Bahamians in their Christian formation. However, times have changed, and although Pentecostalism continues to grow globally, many churches in the western world have closed their doors in recent years. Secularism and materialism are trending, and there is a need for churches to be more...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy Bahamas, Church of God of Prophecy, Church work with...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis   Abstract: The purpose of this study is to call attention to the church the significant detrimental impact that substance and behavioral addictions are having on families today and to present a Bible based model for counseling and restoring those families. The first chapter will present an overview of the impact of addictions on families. Cognitive behavioral theory and therapy for addictions will be described. The second chapter...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Addiction, healing, behavioral therapy, families
ABSTRACT: This thesis-project is the creation of a manual for elders, deacons and all lay ministers involved in ministry and pastoral care. The purpose of the manual is to fill an existing gap in the available resources for lay ministers in many mainline Protestant denominations, including the United Church of Christ. The manual begins with an exploration of the biblical background of elders and deacons, a discussion of the call of all Christians to ministry and a look at the various forms of...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral ministry, serving
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary OA
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Abstract: The goal of this project is a process by which churches might deter or mitigate deadly force incidents. Chapter 2 posits a biblical and theological framework that traces the theme, descriptively and prescriptively, of safety ministry. Chapter 3 on pre-planning and preparation posits that locked doors and Stop the Bleed® are the starting place for religious leadership. Chapter 4 addresses safety teams and producing a formal emergency operations plan. This project culminates in chapter...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, pastoral care
ABSTRACT  Camping is part of the Christian heritage going back to the Old Testament. Today many Christian camps offer weeklong experiences focused on teens, which have an impact upon their faith. However, how sustainable is that faith after camp? What ingredients help sustain a teen's faith? This thesis-project discovers faith sustainability of campers after a weeklong experience at a youth camp and reveals elements that assist in sustaining a teen’s faith; multiple people of faith who...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, youth discipleship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  El modelo de ministerio de la iglesia “León de Judá” ha sido de mucho avance dentro de la comunidad de Boston, es una visión que me impresionó y que uso como modelo en esta tesis. Para los ministerios hispanos que buscan envolverse en áreas de educación, de ayuda a los estudiantes para acceder a las becas de alta educación, modelo de consejería, etc. este ministerio es una punta de lanza que vale la...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with immigrants New Jersey, Hispanic American churches New Jersey...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: My local ministry context is a theologically conservative Anglican congregation, in which a substantial proportion of youth and children are or have been enrolled in home-based education. I designed and ran a pilot workshop for high-school students in home-based education, with a goal of offering training in boundaries, skills, and habits that allow for positive interaction with popular electronic media. A study of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth Anglican, Spiritual formation Youth, Youth Religious...
Abstract: This thesis project is an effort to create a one day five-hour seminar to train Christian sports figures (current or former coaches or athletes) to speak as guest speakers who are consistent with biblical expectations. Thorough statistical, biblical, and literary evidence it demonstrates the need for training Christian sports figures to be Christian speakers. The four topics of training are: communicating the cross of Christ, living out Christian character, capability of studying the...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, training
Abstract: This work came out of the conviction of the author that the deep struggles so many Christian women are facing today is due, at least in part, to a failure by male preachers to fully understand the unique needs, characteristics, capacities, behaviors and sorrows of the women in their audience. The purpose and intent of this thesis is to offer suggestions to male preachers on how they can more effectively relate the sermon to women as a segment of their audiences so that Christ may...
Topics: Gordon Conwell, DMin, thesis, preaching, relating to women in sermon
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work focuses on the development of a manual on Expository Preaching to be utilized as another tool in the Pentecostal preachers toolkit, specifically the Mount Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. preacher. The thesis will review what expository preaching is as well as its importance to the preacher addressing congregations across the world today. In Chapter 4, a preaching course was developed to help...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America Inc, Preaching Study and teaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: “To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and meet human needs in his name without discrimination” is the mission statement held by The Salvation Army internationally. The statement implies what the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth, would call a “salvation for both worlds”: the spiritual and the social. While The Salvation Army has been actively fulfilling this mission through its places and people...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salvation Army, Theology Practical Salvation Army, Leadership Religious aspects...